The Original Message to Europeans
During the aftermath of WWII, in 1948, politicians, artists, philosophers, economists, entrepreneurs, scientists and trade unionists from all over the Europe came together in The Hague to discuss the future of the continent under the political, economic and cultural aspects. The five pledges of their final declaration, the first “Message to Europeans”, paved the way for the European Parliament, the Court of Justice and ultimately our current way of life in Western, Central and Eastern Europe. It was the beginning of the European integration process.
What Message for Today’s Europeans?
What would 450 young people from several EU countries say to today's Europeans, in a revamped version of the original “Message to Europeans” about the future of Europe?
Given Europe’s present challenges, as seen in the rise of populism, economic inequality, voters’ disengagement and migration crisis, it’s high time for an update. The project will produce a final declaration “Message to Europeans 3.0”: it will present the opinions of the involved citizens and recommendations for the relaunch of the European integration via a renewed narrative.
The project is co-founded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.
The road to the final message will go through six events: Warsaw (27-29 Nov 2017), Budapest (5-7 Mar 2018),
The Hague (11-13 April 2018), Ljubljana (11-13 Sept 2018), Rome (7-9 Nov 2018), and Brussels (19-21 Feb 2019).
At these events, around 60 participants, young people from more than 12 EU countries, will be engaged in several activities spanning from simulations, mock trials, British Parliamentary debates to PechaKuchas.
This innovative methodology will allow an engaging reflection on the most urgent issues and pressing topics, inspiring young people’s civic engagement. A modern online presence will work in parallel.
A team of 40 students selected as “Student Leaders” will be the motors of change and ensure participation in the project and follow up activities. Learn more about the Student Leaders.